Introduction: PVC Recurve Bow
This is a bow made from PVC pipe(duhh) DISCLAIMER. Do not shoot at living creatures, fragile objects or your neighbors dog. Sort this is a crappy disclaimer This costs about 7$ if you by all the materials. U probably have most of them
Step 1: Materials
Length of 3/4 PVC pipe- $1.29 for ten feet Nylon string 2-3 $ PVC end caps (optional but preferred, it makes it look better and holds string tighter.)50-65 cents each Superglue $1 Duct tape ( optional)$2-$3 Spray paint (optional)
Step 2: Shaping
First, heat middle if pipe on stove. Slowly turn as you are heating it. Make sure stove is on medium. Try not inhaling fumes (there shouldn't be any if you are doing it right) because they are toxic.it should look like the photo. It will turn a light brown. Let it air dry for a couple minutes.
Step 3: Shaping Part Two
After bending in the middle, heat the middle of each sides the opposite from the original bend. It should look like the image. (I forgot too mention this is my first 'ible and I'm doing it all from my iPod touch. It is also my first recurve bow. So don't judge me too hard.) .
Step 4: Stringing the Bow.
This is the hardest part. Next, in the inside of the bow, use a hacksaw and cut a 1 inch mark on each side at the top of the bow. Tie a square knot on one end of the string.glue it to the inside of the pipe so it comes out of the slit. Do on both sides. If you have the cap, glue it on the pipe. It looks much better if u do. Make sure to pull the string tight before finishing . If it wobbles loosely u may need to tighten it
Step 5: Ending
When you are done, you can spray paint it. Or duct tape around the handle or whatever you want. For Arrows, dowel rods and duct tape make awesom arrows. Dowel rods are usually 80 cents for one rod. The make two small arrows or one regular arrows. I attached a sparkler to the tip with a rubber band and it was cool.nerf darts are good nondestructive tips as well as those pointy erasers u use at school. Be careful, I stuck a sharpened dowel rod into the garage door from 15 feet away. If there was a zombie outbreak try protecting ur self with this if u have no guns or hatchets.